A Bell, A Rock, A Crystal

  • William A. Sethares


To bring the relationship between tuning and spectrum into sharper focus, this chapter looks at three examples in detail: an ornamental hand bell, a resonant rock from Chaco Canyon, and an “abstract” sound created from a morphine crystal. All three are discussed at length, and each step is detailed so as to highlight the practical issues, techniques, and trade-offs that arise when applying the ideas to real sounds making real music. The bell, rock, and crystal were used as the basis for three compositions: Tingshaw, The Chaco Canyon Rock, and Duet for Morphine and Cymbal, which appear on the accompanying CD on tracks [16], [17], and [18].


Clay Microwave Mold Morphine Cocaine 


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© Springer-Verlag London 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • William A. Sethares
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  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of Wisconsin — MadisonMadisonUSA

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